Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Isco, Ilkay Gundogan
Welcome to Sunday's edition of the summer transfer window gossip column on Bleacher Report, where this time around, we have no shortage of news of potential deals between the Premier League and La Liga.
We've got the latest updates on one of the longest-running sagas of the summer so far, as well as Wayne Rooney, and news of a possible Real Madrid signing.
Elsewhere, we've got a Premier League target who might be heading East, and all the best of the rest in our usual roundup.
Crack on and find out who your team might be signing, or selling, next...
Luis Suarez is a major transfer target for Real Madrid, but Mirror Football's Simon Mullock is reporting that Liverpool are worried that the Spanish club might drag out the deal for the entire summer.
Latest reports indicate Real might wait until late August to make their move for the Uruguayan forward, which will remind Reds fans of the Michael Owen transfer debacle to the same club almost a decade ago.
The article indicates Liverpool will, however, be determined to hold on to their forward, who will be unavailable for the first six domestic games next season through suspension.
Elsewhere, talkSPORT spoke with Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, who says that Liverpool are in complete control of Suarez's future due to his long-term contract. A new wrinkle in the arrangement is that Manchester City might suddenly be back in for Suarez, according to John Richardson of the Express.
City are not willing to pay the £50 million-plus asking price of Suarez's international teammate, Edinson Cavani, so they might look at Suarez as a slightly cheaper alternative—though there is nothing to suggest Liverpool would lower the price for a divisional rival.
Wayne Rooney has had his future slightly in limbo after missing part of the end of last season, falling out of favour with former manager Alex Ferguson, and now being managed by new Manchester United boss David Moyes.
Meanwhile, Simon Mullock of the Mirror is reporting the complete opposite. Rooney wants to stay at United, and he will meet Moyes to talk over his future this week. He also states that Alex Ferguson was wrong about claiming he put in a transfer request.
This one could rumble on for a while yet.
Arsenal are now said to be extremely close to tying up the deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Rob Draper of the Daily Mail has reported that Carlo Ancelotti will be installed as the new Real Madrid manager within days, leaving an exit for Higuain able to be completed shortly afterward. A fee of £22 million is mentioned for the Gunners to pay for the Argentine forward's services.
That's not the only piece of attacking business that Arsenal intend to do, though, with Wayne Rooney also mentioned as the second target of Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss reportedly wants to pair Higuain and Rooney up front next season for Arsenal for a combined fee of £42 million and combined wages of over £300,000 per week.
U. Sánchez-Flor of Marca is reporting that Manchester City have missed out on one of their prime targets, with Spanish under-21 champion Isco on the verge of agreeing a move to Real Madrid.
With Ancelotti soon to be confirmed as manager, Isco will be his first major signing and will join from Malaga for a fee of €24 million, rising to €27 million (£21.5 million, $36 million) depending on appearances, trophies and international progression.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini was Isco's manager last season at Malaga, but has been unable to convince the player to move to the Premier League.
French striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been targeted by Premier League clubs, including Cardiff City, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has stated that Shakhtar Donetsk are the club who have made an official approach.
Inside Futbol report that the Ukrainian side have made Gomis a priority signing, and they certainly have money to spend following the departures of Fernandinho and Willian recently. In addition, Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems likely to leave, according to Tariq Panja of Bloomberg.com.
Gomis is also wanted by fellow Ligue 1 side Monaco, according to the Inside Futbol report.
Real Madrid want to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan another of their key signings this summer, according to Marca.
David McDonnell of Mirror Football reports that Thiago Alcantara is wanted by Chelsea and Bayern Munich, as well as Manchester United.
Tom Hopkinson, also of Mirror Football, also indicates that Stoke City boss Mark Hughes wants to sign Stephen Ireland. In addition, the Mirror's Simon Mullock reports that Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will be the No. 2 behind Simon Mignolet if he remains at Anfield.
BBC's Ben Smith reports that Tottenham Hotspur are close to finalising a deal for Brazil's Confederations Cup midfielder Paulinho for a fee of around £17 million.
Stefan Coerts of Goal.com reports how new Barcelona forward Neymar almost signed for Juventus two years ago.